Above The Law … Once Again!

Donald Trump claims to be above the law.  That is a matter of opinion, however since he has selectively placed his lackeys such as William Barr in key positions, for the moment, it seems to be the case that he cannot be held accountable.  The exception, of course, would be if Congress would use their Constitutional oversight authority, but with the likes of Mitchell McConnell in the position of Senate Majority Leader, that seems highly unlikely.  So, okay, Donald Trump is effectively, though not legally, above the law.

But Trump is not alone.  Attorney General William Barr has placed himself effectively, though not legally, above the law by refusing to answer a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives.  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross claims immunity from the law, as he too refused to respond to a subpoena by the House.  How many others?  I’ve lost count.  But this latest one … this is too much.

Trump’s personal mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, has been found by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to be in violation of the Hatch Act.  The Office of Special Counsel is led by a Trump appointee, Henry J. Kerner, and it was he who testified before the House Oversight Panel last month that Kellyanne had violated the Hatch Act not just once, but repeatedly, and he called on Trump to terminate Ms. Conway’s employment.  Trump immediately refused to do so.

The Hatch Act, for those who may not be familiar with it, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials, from engaging in some forms of political activity.

The counsel states that Conway participated in media interviews and used her social media accounts, with her title, to engage in activity affecting the midterm elections. She has also made a number of remarks aimed at 2020 democratic presidential candidates including Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden. She has also openly endorsed Trump’s re-election. According to the letter by Mr. Kerner …

“Ms. Conway’s advocacy against the Democratic candidates and open endorsement of the President’s reelection effort during both official media appearances and on her Twitter account constitute prohibited political activity under the Hatch Act.”

Not once, not twice, but multiple times.  Remember when she almost got in trouble for urging people, on television, to buy from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line?  Kellyanne doesn’t seem to learn.  But then, she has Trump to bail her out, so why does she need to try to ‘do the right thing’?

Kellyanne was cordially invited to testify, to present her side if she had one, before the House Oversight Committee, but “the White House” declined the invitation on her behalf.  So, committee chairman Elijah Cummings issued a subpoena.  And guess what?  She defied the subpoena.  Therefore, we can only conclude that Kellyanne also considers herself to be above the law.

Now, here’s the thing, folks.  Trump said during his 2016 campaign that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York and shoot somebody, and he would get by with it.  When he said it, we all rolled our eyes and said, “Yeah, right, Bozo.”  But today, it is no laughing matter, for he has declared himself above the law and his lackeys, including the United States Department of Justice, will support him.  And now, that privilege extends to his entire staff, all the way down to his paid mouthpiece.

But let me tell you something.  If I stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York, or my street in Podunk USA and shoot someone, I will be immediately put to death by police who shoot first and ask questions later.  If I am issued a subpoena by a federal agency and I defy that subpoena, I will be shot dead by police who will claim I was resisting arrest (because I would be resisting, but that’s a minor detail).

If the likes of Trump and Conway are not held accountable to the very laws that they have sworn to uphold, then is there any law & justice in the United States?  Trump has stated that Article II of the United States Constitution gives him the authority to do “whatever I want”.  It doesn’t, but somebody has to draw the line.  Typically, that would fall to the Attorney General and Congress, but we cannot count on either.  So, if Kellyanne is immune, and William Barr is immune, then it must follow that any and all of Trump’s cabinet members are immune from being held accountable … for anything.

If that isn’t enough, coupled with Trump’s atrocious racist running commentary against four members of the House of Representatives for the past 48 hours on Twitter, and coupled with Robert Mueller’s citation of no less than ten incidences of obstruction of justice by Trump … if all that isn’t enough for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry, then I don’t know why we even have a Congress!  To the members of the House, I say:  Off your asses, folks … it’s showtime!  It’s now or never!  Use it or lose it!!!

And, to add a bit of humour to the topic, if that’s possible, I have invited Mr. Seth Meyers to contribute his take on the topic.

34 thoughts on “Above The Law … Once Again!

  1. As much as I would LOVE to see Herr tRumpsky impeached … it will never happen. The Republican Senate won’t allow it … and then he’ll tweet to his heart’s content about his innocence because there was “no collusion, no obstruction.” And then his base will rally ’round him and nothing will have changed.

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    • Hello Nan. The Senate is involved in the conviction, how ever the impeachment from the house will still stand. Clinton was impeached, but not convicted. That will always leave a stain on a Presidency. I think it is worth it to put that mark next to tRump’s name in the history books. Plus it helps with the hearings and court cases against this administration. Hugs

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    • He certainly won’t be removed from office, for the Senate under Kommandant McConnell will not be allowed to convict and remove him. At this moment, I think the odds of the House voting to impeach are slim, but not impossible. I fear, though, that this issue is dividing the democrats in the House, and that is not a good thing for 2020. Sigh.

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  2. Kind of related to Barr’s interference when it comes to 45, there’s a piece of news that pretty much was ignored….a Federal investigation into the Trump Org. has quietly shut down. Who do you think is responsible for that? Luckily, NYS Att. General is hard at work investigating anything the Trumps are involved in. Barr can’t stop the state!

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    • Hmmmmm …. let me think 🤔 Actually, when you say it ‘quietly’ shut down, you’re not kidding, for I had not heard this! I hope New York continues to go after them hot and heavy … I think it’s time for somebody to strip Donnie of that Teflon coating he brags about!

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  3. Wish I could watch Seth, but have to curb my YouTube use for the moment.
    Something insidious, goading, deceiving, and vile is happening in US politics. It is twisting truth, disabling opposition and silencing the upholders of the law, while pushing the masses into silence or adulation over grotesque ideas of domination – MAGA 😔

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    • Awwww … you missed a good one! Yes, I can feel the drums beating, something insidious indeed is afoot, and for the first time in my life, I am afraid to be in this country. I sense we are about to destroy ourselves from within. Sigh.

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  4. The left side of Trump’s forked tongue is wagging about racism, presidential untouchability, and telling over half the population of the USA to leave the country because he doesn’t like complainers who are complaining about him. Meanwhile, the right side of his tongue is whispering about seeing how far he can push the envelope before someone tries to stop him.
    Remember when we used to question his republican ilk worms about remaining silent in the face of Trump’s racist and sexist stances. Well, shoouldn’t we now be questioning WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE REFUSING TO IMPEACH HIM?
    He is totally openly breaking the laws if the US, loudly screaming hate speech pitting one group of Americans against another group. Is this not promoting another civil war?
    Is he not telling the women of America to get themselves pregnant, throw away their shoes, and get back in the kitchen preparing meals for the MAN OF THE HOUSE? I’m surprised he hasn’t tried to repeal the women’s right to vote! After all, they obviously are incapable of understanding the finer points of running a government! (In case anyone missed it, that was sarcasm!)
    Trump is insane, so is everyone who votes for him. But that still does not go far enough. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT WANT TO BATTLE THE ORANGE GOLIATH WITH EVERY WEAPON AVAILABLE (INCLUDING THE AX OF IMPEACHMENT) is just as insane as he and his pets.
    WAKE UP, AMERICA! THE FOURTH REICH IS COMING, AND YOU ARE IT!

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    • Yes, we definitely need to be asking the House democrats what the Sam Hell they are waiting for. I gather there was quite a brouhaha in the House today when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi referred to Trump’s tweets as racist … which they obviously are … and come to find out, that is against the rules! Nobody is supposed to refer to any president as racist. Who knew? They had to stop the proceedings and write a resolution, then vote on the resolution, to allow Ms. Pelosi to call a spade a spade. Now tonight, they are voting on a resolution to condemn Trump’s rhetoric. I’m not sure what good that is going to do, other than just make him spew even more hateful words. I also read that one democratic representative … I cannot remember who right at this moment … is planning to start the impeachment proceedings. It’s touchy, though, with so few democrats on-board with it. Somehow, he must be held to a higher standard of accountability!!!

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  5. “Mueller’s citation of no less than ten incidences of obstruction of justice by Trump … if all that isn’t enough for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry, then I don’t know why we even have a Congress!”

    The answer is blatantly clear, house members are coveting their cushy positions over the demands of we the ppl. They may all scream and yell at the injustices by the Trump administration, but at the end of the day they all bend over as the expression goes.
    Establishment politics is all about preserving and maintaining the status quo above all else. The younger members (squad of 4) have not been fully indoctrinated into the establishment fold yet. Hence the clash for power and change, they seek to upset the apple cart and fight for the ppl. The establishment (Washington DC) of course won’t have any of this, hence Democrats and Republicans have this unspoken alliance to squash all new dissenting voices of change. This explains perfectly why Ms Pelosi acts the way she does, to protect Trump at all cost… her position is on the line, along with all her cozy benefits and connections. She will not give up her power so readily to a group of freshmen who won’t play ball.
    Why do think Trump, a billionaire, has been promoted and protected so vigorously by the party and has full support of the conservative masses? It’s a brilliant tactic if you think about it, use the ppl against themselves, against their own best interest, all the while have them cheering supporting a fascist dictator! *Sheesh*

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  6. He’s openly and brazenly telling The Founders to shove it up their you know what. Constitution? What Constitution? Laws and norms? What laws and norms? He doesn’t respect it…hell, he doesn’t even know what’s in the damn thing. The slow-walking methodical Democratic response to this ain’t working!! And oh gee, the August recess is coming up. One more month of inaction…My blood pressure is not handling this well!!

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  7. Jill, let me get straight to the point. Irrespective of political party, when a Congressional committee subpoenas someone, he or she needs to show or be in contempt.

    Now, the person can refuse to answer questions under the 5th or executive privilege, but he or she must comply. Without governance from Congress, we are closer to an autocracy. Keith

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    • Agreed, but until there is a strict penalty for not showing up, and there isn’t for trumpians, it seems, then they will continue to thumb their noses at Congress. Accountability has hit an all time low in this administration.

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  8. While I am thinking about my actual comment to this post, I am hoping , Jill, you can fill me in on something else. Canadian news showed videos of ICE agents running around Chicago and L. A. arresting undocumented aliens over the past few days. Now we are told today (Monday evening) all these raids were cancelled. Were we then being shown old videos of ICE raids, or were some raids actually carried out?
    Trump seems to be crying a lot of “Wolf!” these days, making threats and then backing down. Is he trying to lull people into a false sense of security, letting them think he will keep backing down until they stop hiding from the law, and then he wll let his gICEtapo sweep in one day a million strong? What is he really playing at?
    More later…

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    • From everything I can find out, there were no major raids at all. I’m not sure why they would have shown old footage, trying to make it look like there were raids, but all was relatively quiet … in fact, quieter than usual, for most immigrants fearfully stayed in their homes behind closed doors on Sunday. I’m not sure at all why the big build up, and then nothing happened … I’m as confused as you are!

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      • Hello Jill. Fear, and the building of fear in the immigrant population is the key. The Stephen Miller types in this administration and in CPB / ICE want the immigrants afraid. They want them to fear for their lives. Maybe some will leave if they get afraid enough. But the thing is these people enjoy causing fear in the defenseless. Thugs one and all. Hugs

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        • You’re right … Trump rules by fear, and it was what carried him into office. I wondered last week why the Sunday proposed raids were so well advertised, and perhaps this is why … they only wished to create an atmosphere of fear. Sigh. Hugs!

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      • When I wrote that I was more interested in what really happened in the States. The videos were just a side issue I thought of as I was writing. But maybe I should ask them, now that I know the truth.

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  9. Seth Meyers is brilliant, but although I chuckled at times overall I actually found it chilling rather than funny. It very effectively underlined how corrupt, racist, and essentially vile trump is, and how far America seems to have travelled towards something that could be very dangerous indeed.

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